We booked a full day mahout training day. The training lasted all of about 5 minutes, the 1 hour elephant trek was 30 minutes and the part we were really looking forward to the bathing was 10 minutes. It wasn't a busy day, in fact we were practically the only people there! Most of the day we were left to our own devises wandering round the camp.
I also really question whether it really is a sanctuary..... There are only ten elephants, one of which has just had a baby which is a boy. When I asked a member of staff if they intended breeding more elephants he said yes. Surely if it was a sanctuary they would be focusing their money and time on elephants in need rather than breeding more? Also there were signs up asking people to donate money to 'buy' elephants for the sanctuary for the logging industry yet on site there is a state of the art restaurant and swimming pool. Doesn't really add up to me
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